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Tor Unveils New Browser for Android Users

Despite Tor becoming more or less synonymous to illegal dark web escapes, up to date, it’s the best solution for preserving anonymity.

In a bid to offer an open-source product which basically levels all online users, making them impossible to trace, Tor has unveiled its plans to deliver an Android version of its desktop browser.

Reportedly, the recent version is stable and boasts some features that are not available in the full browser.

Why should I use Tor in the first place?

We are painfully aware of the fact that most people shirk away when they hear the words “Tor” and “Onion.” Truth be told, almost all encounters with the dark web begin with “I was messing around with Tor when…”.

We should keep in mind the fact that, at its core, Tor and Onion, its ‘partner in crime’ were engineered to preserve anonymity and to hide the users’ online activity.

Illegal activity aside, this is very useful when you want, for instance, to submit an anonymous tip or to follow some trends without having to bother about deleting cookies afterward.

After years of development, Tor has announced that an Android version of the desktop browser is now available for download in Google’s Play Store.

Here’s what should look for, features-wise. Tor has a proprietary tracker blocker, which means that all the webpages you will want to access will remain isolated from the rest of your browsing activities.

As an extra precaution, the browser will purge all cookies once the user closes the app.

One feature that comes in very handy is “unblocked sites.” Probably most of you have had to deal with the annoying “this content isn’t available in your country” message.

With Tor’s Android browser, you will be able to access websites blocked either by Internet service providers or the Government.

Great news for those worrying about security – Tor’s browser employs triple-encryption protocols. Moreover, all data is stored on decentralized servers, which means that no one can track the search strings back to you.

Another interesting feature is the anti-fingerprinting option. To Tor, all users are the same, meaning that you will leave no distinguishable marks online which hackers or other entities can use to track you.

What can we say? Tor’s mobile version appears to be just the thing we were looking for in terms of private browsing.

Now, we can’t deny the fact that Tor is indeed the gateway to the dark web and, you know the saying: “what happens on the dark web, gives you nightmares.”

If you plan on using Tor Android to safely browse the web, then there’s no problem. However, if you plan on going to places you shouldn’t be going, then we strongly recommend getting an efficient anti-malware app for your device. A VPN is also a must.

Wrap-up

Tor’s Android version is the best thing that could happen to private browsing.

However, do keep in mind that the software is still in its infancy, which means that it doesn’t have all the features of the desktop version.

What’s your take on Tor mobile? Head to the comments section and let us know.

About Daniel Sadler

Old-school PC gamer, poetry buff, cat lover, tech wiz. His writing career began almost two decades ago when he modestly acknowledged that hindsight or, lack thereof, can compromise security. He enjoys spending quality time with his friends and family. Most of his friends refer to Daniel as a "man of a few words, but, man, what words!" His interests include cybersecurity, IT, blogging, and, of course, everything related to technology.

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